British Tugowners Association will hold their AGM and annual conference at the Meon Valley Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Shedfield, near Southampton SO32 2HQ, on Wednesday 26 April. Proceedings will be followed by the BTA’s annual dinner.
As well as members of the BTA, all members of the UK Chamber of Shipping, and in particular those who attend the Harbour Towage Panel, are welcome and encouraged to attend the conference and dinner. This will provide an ideal time for professional members and tug operators to meet, update and to exchange ideas.
Timings will be:
1145 AGM (current BTA members only)
1315 Conference opens, Chairman’s introduction, followed by
1330 The regulator’s spot – Katy Ware (Director of Maritime Safety and Standards, MCA)
1405 A view from Europe – Anna Maria Darmanin (Secretary General, ETA)
1440 Accident investigation – Steve Clinch (Chief Executive, MAIB)
1515 Tea / coffee
1540 Safety culture, the UK Chamber’s approach – Adrian Mundin (UK Chamber of Shipping)
1610 Update of skills and apprenticeships – Iain MacKinnon (Secretary, Maritime Skills Alliance)
1650 Sponsor – Sanmar Shipyards
1730 Panel discussion
1900 Pre-dinner drinks
The annual golf completion for the Sir William Crosthwaite Cup will take place the following morning, at the hotel’s golf complex.
The cost per delegate is £190 (plus VAT), including accommodation. A number of rooms have been pre-booked; further rooms will be bid for depending on availability and demand. The day rate for those attending lunch and dinner only is £90 (plus VAT). The day rate those attending lunch and the conference, but not dinner, is £50 (plus VAT). Golf is £25.
The event is kindly supported by Sanmar Shipyards, builders of of high quality and specialist tugboats.